Here is a brand new radio series focusing on a high school for black boys in D.C. that is committed to restorative practices. It’s quite inspirational and worth a listen…
“They spend hours every week in restorative justice circles, putting offenders and their wronged parties together to talk through what’s happened and find ways to set things right.”
We will be facilitating restorative justice training for educators at St Stephens Indian School on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming, on December 2nd and 3rd. I say we because we are honored to have Dr Boyd Dressler co-facilitating this training. And 10 Ethnic Studies students from Colorado State University will be accompanying Dr Tom Cavanagh, the other co-facilitator. We are grateful for superintendent Frank No Runner's invitation to facilitate this training.
I am happy to announce that I am honored to be a co-author for the chapter titled "Psychosocial analyses and actions for promoting restorative schools: Indigenous determinants connecting three international sites," which will appear in the forthcoming book, "The Handbook of Indigenous Education."
Authors of this chapter are:
Angus Macfarlane is Professor of Māori Research at the University of Canterbury,
Christchurch, New Zealand: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonja Macfarlane is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand: email@example.com
Tom Cavanagh is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Nieto Ángel is a doctoral scholar at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: email@example.com
Fiona Duckworth is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Social Development, Wellington, New Zealand: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letitia Fickel is Professor and Head of the School of Teacher Education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: email@example.com
The discussion of the role of apology and forgiveness is debated among restorative justice practitioners. However, in schools settings, I believe that apology and forgiveness are an integral part of the process of creating a culture of care based on restorative justice principles and practices. The reason is that relationships are the key to creating a culture of care, that is, building and maintaining healthy and caring relationships. When wrongdoing and conflict occur it is important for children to learn to accept responsibility for their harmful behavior and to apologize. It is also important for persons who are harmed to learn about forgiveness, how it is done more for their benefit than the benefit of the person causing the harm.
Please go to this link to see the new article regarding the keynote I gave in Buffalo, New York.
Stanford researchers found that teacher empathy has a direct relationship to student suspensions. In our work we help teachers to learn how to be empathetic, particularly with children of color.
Restorative Justice in Schools:
Using Restorative Practices to Support a Culture of Care
To educators and those interested in education:
This online, professional development training is now being offered at www.restorativejustice.com, under the Online Training link. this online training is based on the idea that restorative justice practices can be used in schools, particularly in classrooms, to help create a culture of care in schools. In the field of a culture of care, research shows that there needs to be a sense of school connectedness and caring and nurturing relationships between the teachers and the students so that there can be an increase in the students’ positive experiences of schooling and a movement away from zero-tolerance punishment strategies.
You are invited to participate in Restorative Justice in Schools: Using Restorative Practices to Support a Culture of Care online professional development training. This online training consists of 16 modules. This research-based best practices training is facilitated by Dr. Tom Cavanagh as a training-the-trainers, online professional development training.
Please share this announcement with other people who might be interested in this offering.
With kind regards
Tom Cavanagh, P.D.
Since January I have worked to turn the face-to-face training I offer into an online version. I have tried to stay true to the content and spirit of the face-to-face training. So that means this training may look different from other online courses. So I look forward to offering the course soon.
In the meantime please read about the course under the “Online Training” page of this website.
Too many American schools use police officers to enforce classroom discipline (http://WebsiteNotAvailableYet.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d31c72317ed7ed2db9d8e6924&id=18988f147b&e=0f757ad99d)
In a Bronx survey, struggling students explain what’s missing from school discipline debate (http://WebsiteNotAvailableYet.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=d31c72317ed7ed2db9d8e6924&id=4acaf83c9b&e=0f757ad99d)
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